Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Community Energy: We are pleased to announce Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Dr Kate Auty will be speaking on ‘Community Energy’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

There is a growing movement across regional areas to promote a discussion about and also install community energy projects.  We have just seen leadership in the ACT with the Territory government committing to a target of 100% renewable by 2020, moving the target date forward.

The Victorian experience in relation to community energy is informative.

Daylesford began the conversation about two community owned wind turbines, engaged in a massive amount of community discussion, forged a new way of funding the proposal, built constructive relationships with government, and then built the turbines.  That community owns its turbines and produces its own energy.

Newstead in central Victoria has been forging ahead with a conversation about becoming 100% renewable.

Yackandandah and Seymour and Euroa are all working on ways to promote the turn to renewable energy and Dr Kate Auty explores the elements of a successful campaign.

Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate. Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia.

Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member).  Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change.

In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR.

Community Energy will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is a Conference opportunity not to be missed. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks and Renewable Energy Opportunities for Regional Australia

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Ms Nicky Ison, Community Renewable Energy

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Participation and Progress in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 will include a presentation from Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks on “Community Renewable Energy: Maximising the opportunities for regional Australia”.

Australia is in the midst of an energy transition: a shift from centralised fossil-fuels to decentralised renewable energy.  Australia has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world and if we are smart this can become part of our nations’ prosperity and sustainability. Many of our best renewable resources are located in regional Australia and as such represent a huge opportunity for regional communities to participate in and benefit from this transition. In their address, Jarra and Nicky will outline the economic, technical, social and policy drivers behind the rapid growth in renewable energy.

While there is no doubt that this clean energy transition will lead to more jobs for regional Australia, there are certain strategies and policies that can be put in place to maximise the benefits to regional economies and communities. Jarra and Nicky will talk through the specific opportunities of community energy and community-developer partnerships, highlighting case-studies such as Repower Shoalhaven, Denmark Community Windfarm and the Sapphire Wind Farm and outline how regional communities are leading the transition to clean energy.

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Ms Jarra Hicks, Community Power Agency

In 2011, Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks formed Community Power Agency to help grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia.  Through Community Power Agency, they have worked with and visited over 50 community energy projects and organisations in Australia, Europe and North America.  Nicky and Jarra also help found the Coalition for Community Energy, which is working to address the barriers to the development of a wider Australian community energy sector.  Together they have been instrumental in the development of community energy policy in NSW, Victoria and federally.

 

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate.